“Lovergirl” – Teena Marie Tribute from Sy Smith and Mark de Clive-Lowe + MP3

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We were deeply saddened to hear about the loss of the legendary singer Teena Marie, who passed away on December 26th, 2010 at the age of 54. Giant Step was lucky to work with Teena, including her 2009 album, Congo Square, a long way from her past as a Rick James protege. She spent much of 2009 and 2010 touring in support of the new album, and delighting fans with her super-hits like “Lovergirl,” “Ooo La La La” and “Lead Me On.”

In one of many many artist tributes, Sy Smith teamed up with Mark de Clive-Lowe to release a syberized version of “Lovergirl.” Check out the Bandcamp page to read words from Sy Smith about the track and the importance of Lady T.

GPWW 11/10/10 Worldwide Family Mixtape: Gotan Project

Gilles Peterson is back with another classic World Wide mix with The Gotan Project in Paris, France. Gilles brings in some new music from Cassandra Wilson, The Beast ft. Nnenna Freelon, Prommer & Barck, Isoul8 & Mark de Clive Lowe and plenty more. Enter Gotan sometime in hour 2: the Tango trio takes some time off from their massive world tour (find dates) to pick their favorite tracks.

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Skidrow Sessions with Pharoahe Monch, Shafiq Husayn and more

A few weeks ago, some musicians came together and they ended up creating a jam session of epic proportions, and someone captured the magic on vimeo. Pharoahe Monch, Shafiq Husayn (SA-RA), Om’Mas Keith (SA-RA), Brook D’leau (J Davey), Mark De Clive Lowe, Miguel Atwood-Ferguson (Suite for Ma Dukes), Thundercat, and more.

The new album by Shafiq Husayn, Shafiq En’ A-Free-Ka drops October 6th via Plug Research.

Giant Step Resident 48: Summertime

6By Mawuse Ziegbe

Monday morning I woke up in a rumpled tank top with my cell phone plastered onto the side of my face, an ache in my thighs, and vodka sloshing through my veins. This level of abject foolishness means only one thing: summertime! It’s July but for a lot of New Yorkers making do with a pittance of sunshine, summer has just only begun. But even through a completely soaked June, some of us kept our dispositions on the sunny tip like singer Miz Metro. She premiered her bubbly video “Trashion” – a montage of her flouncing about the LES – at her recent SOB’s mixtape release party. While her fussy outfits and re-purposed Metro Card accessories evoke a street artist/trustafarian trying to “find herself,” her music is actually warm and effortless. Toasty soul from zany white chicks is usually pretty fun.

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Giant Step’s Official SummerStage After Party At Afrokinetic’s Carmina Soul 7/18

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This year Giant Step and Afrokinetic present the official Giant Step SummerStage after party at Carmina Soul on July 18, featuring NZ-Japanese musician/producer Mark De Clive-Lowe, alongside Brooklyn’s own DJ OP!, plus residents DJ Chris Annibell and percussionist Amon. Part 4 of this 7 part series, Carmina Soul returns outdoors in the courtyard at The Old American Can Factory.

Celebrate the return of sun-filled days and honey moon nights at the official Giant Step SummerStage after party.

The Old American Can Factory
232 3rd Street
btwn 3rd + 4th Ave
Brooklyn, New York

21+ w/ID
9 PM – 4 AM

Door Price: $10

Giant Step’s Official SummerStage After Party
Giant Step’s SummerStage